MP of the week: Melissa Espinoza

This week’s featured missing person (I’m sorry it’s late) is Melissa Ann Espinoza, a twelve-year-old girl who disappeared from Rancho Cordova, California on December 2, 1993.

She was last seen hanging out at her old apartment complex; her family had moved after a fire. The complex was in a bad neighborhood and Melissa is considered missing under suspicious circumstances and a probable abduction victim, but no suspects have been made and one seems to know anything.

Later today, I’m off to the zoo. Perhaps I’ll run into CrimeBlogger1983 again.

6 thoughts on “MP of the week: Melissa Espinoza

  1. T.T. June 12, 2019 / 4:23 pm

    That case always made me sad: she was born the same year as my brother. For some reason, I used to confuse this case with another case from 1993 where another Hispanic girl (I won’t name her because she’s no longer on the site and I don’t know what, if any, resolution came from the case) was kidnapped twice by a family acquaintance and then refused to return her until she had his baby. He was an adult. Ick.

    • Meaghan June 12, 2019 / 4:24 pm

      I know who you’re talking about. She was found alive.

      • forthelost June 14, 2019 / 9:40 am

        She was? I never heard anything indicating that.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan June 13, 2019 / 7:44 pm

    Meaghan, I came across an article titled “The Invisible Victims” by Christa Hillstrom, which appeared in June 2019 issue of Marie Claire. The article is about missing Native-American women, and the problems searching for them. Also, the problems because the lack of tools necessary for tribal police to conduct searches, issue alerts, because these cases take place on Indian Reservations and the tribal police have jurisdiction issues. Its the same thing I had to face working with the VA Police. We were considered police on our property, but not recognized as police off property in many situations. The problem for us that many agencies never heard of us.

    Maybe someone can create a link to it.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan June 17, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    Tim, that is the article I mentioned. Thanks for providing the link for the rest of the members.

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